(Closed) charging for CARRY-ON LUGGAGE?!

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I guess they are just trying to make people think they are getting a deal.  At least it seems like no other airlines are planning on doing the same.  I’m sorry you got stuck in their automatic subscription thing!

Post # 4
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3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

yeah, I read this article yesterday. I’ve never heard of this airline before and it sounds like a smaller airline where they have to do things like this.

I hope it doesn’t affect the larger airlines. I would be pretty pissed.

Post # 5
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ugh, if this becomes the norm I’ll be so pissed. Here’s hoping it doesn’t! They say they want to keep baseline airfares low…bull. When did the fares ever go down after fuel prices went down? Way to further alienate people from flying, Spirit.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was actually a little happy to hear they were charging for carry-ons. I am hoping it will make more people check their luggage when they get to the ticket counter.

I travel A LOT for work and I have to say, there is nothing more annoying then landing, they open the door and you sit for a half hour waiting to get off the plane because every other person is wrestling the overhead for their carry-on luggage that they had to shove in with all their might because they didn’t want to pay to check it and have to wait to collect it. It is really obnoxious…even more so when you have people that can’t lift their carry-on. If it you can’t get it on and off by yourself and comfortable – check it!

Post # 7
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7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

🙁 I fly a lot and it IS getting more and more expensive to fly. I’ve heard it’s related to the oil prices still being so high. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

That is crazy! They need to stop that, it doesn’t make any sense.

Post # 9
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2144 posts
Buzzing bee

@soontobe- I understand that frustration, but as someone who doesn’t earn a lot of money, I try to save that extra checked bag fee when I can and simply do carry on only. Yes, it’s annoying. It’s annoying to wrestle it down too. I much prefer to check a bag and wait for it then wrestle with the overhead bins, but $20 each way is really just too much to pay if it can be avoided. Luckily I don’t fly Spirit, and I hope the other airlines don’t take this up because it’s ridiculous. At that point, they may as well just charge the slightly higher ticket fare because everyone is going to have some sort of luggage.

Post # 10
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9057 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

That is frustrating.  On a similar note, I booked a flight with Allegiant and they charge you a “seat selection” fee.  Every seat on the plane has a fee between 9 and 15 bucks, even if you let the computer automatically choose your seat.  I thought that was a little shady too.

Post # 11
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8354 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Personally, I think the first bag, within a specific size and weight and not including a purse, should be free.

I also heard on the news that an airline, can’t remember which one, is going to start charging passengers to use the restroom.

Post # 12
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949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

This makes me so mad!  This is the exact reason why I try to only fly Southwest, I hate paying bag fees. 

Funny, we flew US Air for our honeymoon and we paid to have them trash both of our checked bags.  One had a rip down the front when we got it, and the inner structure of the other one was completely busted! 

Post # 13
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3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I ALMOST booked my honeymoon flight on Spirit and boy am I glad I didn’t. That is absolutely rediculous! What about mother’s whose carry on is a diaper bag. I mean come on, really?!?

Post # 14
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

What I find frustrating is eventhough you pay to check a bag, the service and reliability of the baggage handling has not gotten any better…

Post # 15
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227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree that it sucks waiting for people to wrestle with their carry-on bags…but then again, some planes are so small that it’s unavoidable. The last plane I was on (Hartford to Cinci) was so small that they had to gate-check my duffel bag (which they set outside on the wet ground upon landing, with the shoulder strap curled up underneath getting soaked – love you too, Delta) and I had to cram my normal-sized BACKPACK into the overhead, which was big enough to have just one other backpack crammed into it.

I’m getting sick of flying anyway. It’s so pricey, then the airports are pricey (parking, food, water)…FI and I are protesting by driving to CT for our wedding. 12 hours each way. Seriously, with some of the layovers and delays we’ve had, it’s taken longer than that at times to fly out there anyway! And in my little car that gets 30+ miles to the gallon, we’re saving all kinds of money.

Post # 16
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11327 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ugh that is so obnoxious. I feel like all companies, but airlines particularly, use gas prices as an EXCUSE to extort more money from us. Every time gas prices go up, so do fares/fees/etc. But when gas prices come down? Nada. No reduction. Its insane. 

Not to mention the fact that airlines? Kind of blow. Once upon a time you could board a plane for an intercontinental flight and fly in a NORMAL plane. Now you’re in what might as well be a crop duster unless you’re headed overseas. Not to  mention the fact… if you want water? $4. Pop? $5. God forbid a sandwich on your 6 hour flight? $9. I’m so over flying.

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